Music: Q&A and LIVE with Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith

by Megan Waldrep

Tom Hamilton, the bassist for Aerosmith, is a founding father of what is said to be one of the hardest working bands in the history of rock ‘n roll.

He sits down with us for a chat and gives a peek into the psyche of a rockstar, four-decades deep.

(Catch Aerosmith on the Blue Army tour at the Santa Barbara Bowl on July 7th. Guitarist, Joe Perry says, “The name Blue Army came from the fact that ‘everyone’ in our audience from the 70’s was wearing blue denim and it looked like a sea of blue, thus The Blue Army.”)

Q: So you’ve never been to Santa Barbara?

A: Um, no. Well, we may have gone there sometime in the last…decades but I can’t remember. I’m looking forward to finally seeing what it’s like.

You’ll have a view of the ocean while you play. It’s sick!

Ah, Nice!

Yeah. Right now I have my Blue Army Tour gear on. All denim, so I’m ready to go.

Great! Yeah, I thought it would be pretty neat if people wore denim to the shows. That would be really cool.

I’m rambling a bit. My apologies…

It’s cool.

Thanks, Mr. Hamilton. What would you like our readers to know about Aerosmith?

I’d like your readers to know that we’re a band that has been playing for four decades and we know how to put on a rock show. I hate to sound like a bragging salesperson, but you know, we’re gonna play a show that people are really gonna like. I remember being a kid and imagining what certain bands would be like (in concert). And I was often disappointed. Even when I saw Led Zepplin or Cream. We’re not like that. We really work hard to play our songs in a way to make people really feel like they’ve heard it done right. It’s a simple tool, but that it.

Hey, it works! Everyone win’s in that situation.

(Laughing) Yeah!

Joe Perry tearin’ it up on a custom Gibson repping his wife’s image with pride. Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 7/7/2015. Photo by Megan Waldrep

 

Our Q&A man, Tom Hamilton on bass. Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 7/7/2015. Photo by Megan Waldrep

 

Steven Tyler in quintessential form. Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 7/7/2015. Photo by Megan Waldrep

 

Sentinel spirit animal, Steven Tyler in all his glory. Photo: Santa Barbara Sentinel, Santa Barbara Bowl 7/7/2015. Photo by Megan Waldrep

Megan Waldrep is a freelance writer and columnist for the Santa Barbara Sentinel. She also writes under the pen name Elizabeth Rose for a dating column called I Heart.

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